Collings CJ-45 A Traditional, Adirondack Spruce & Mahogany


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Looking for a large-bodied slope shouldered dread, with a short scale length and vintage construction and appeal in spades? The CJ-45 T, or Traditional Series Collings Jumbo, has you covered. Collings makes their CJ models with a wide array of tonewood, neck profile, scale length, and finish options, but the CJ-45 Traditional with Adirondack spruce top may be the top of the heap. The pre-war D-18 style pairing of Adirondack with mahogany gives the player dry, woody power and loads of headroom. This particular CJ-45 has a shorter scale length of 24-7/8", "resulting in a somewhat percussive bottom end ideal for acoustic blues or other styles that benefit from a more controlled bass response."

To sweeten the pot even further, this CJ-45 was built with Collings' Traditional construction and voicing techniques. The vintage-inspired approach adds a different bracing pattern than the standard CJs, as well as the T-Series neck design combined with the C profile.

  • Model/body: Slope-shouldered dreadnought
  • Top: Adirondack spruce
  • Back and sides: Honduran mahogany 
  • Neck: Honduran mahogany with CJ-45 T profile
  • Fretboard: Indian rosewood
  • Bridge: Ebony, straight-style 
  • Saddle: Bone, cutthrough
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Rosette: Simple ivoroid with b/w purfling
  • Headstock veneer: Ebony with MOP Collings logo
  • Brace pattern: CJ-45 Wartime scalloped X-brace
  • Scale length: 24-7/8"
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • String spacing: 2-5/16"
  • Serial number: 31756
  • Year of build: 2021
  • Case: Deluxe hardshell case by TKL


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Collings CJ-45 A Traditional, Adirondack Spruce & Mahogany
Collings' CJ-45 T is a modern, precision engineered take on the vintage classic - the slope-shouldered dreadnought
Adirondack spruce and mahogany provide endless dry, woody power, while a short scale length offers up a percussive, tighter bass register, perfect for acoustic blues
To complete the vintage-inspired bracing, neck profile and voicing of this guitar, it sports a rich sunburst finish

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Bill Collings came from a family of engineers, who inspired his meticulous attention to detail and boundless curiosity. 

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